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Ready for Ground Zero
By BRET "THE HIT MAN" HART -- For the Calgary Sun

  The Louisville Gardens, home of the WWF's Ground Zero pay-per-view tomorrow, has been completely sold out for weeks! Isn't it touching how the Americans are turning out to support The Patriot (not!) cause by now they'll cheer for anybody who opposes The Hitman.
 The American wrestling fans mistake a short memory for a clear conscience! I will never forget the day they turned their back on me -- April 21, 1997.
 If I'd ever done anything to give them a reason to hate me, then they'd be justified. But all I did was play by the rules. And that's why they turned on me -- 'cause the American wrestling fans don't respect integrity.
 It drives the Americans crazy that I'm five-time WWF Champion. Even more that that, what they really can't stand, is that all you great fans in Canada still cheer for me -- just like they do in the U.K. and Germany and all around the world.
 With typical American audacity, Stone Cold Steve Austin, called himself the toughest son of a bitch in the WWF. Yet Austin is still out of action from one awesome piledriver that Owen smashed on him at SummerSlam. Congratulations to Owen for a job well done! Don't forget Austin is the animal that purposely destroyed my knee!
 Austin will likely be stripped of the Intercontinental Title 'cause of the 30-day rule and he'll lose the Tag strap as well since he can't participate in the Fatal Fourway at Ground Zero!
 The word I get is that the tag title will be vacated and will go to the winner of the Fatal Four way match at Ground Zero.
 At Ground Zero, for the first time ever, there'll be a street fight with triple threat rules! Savio, Faarooq and Crush can wear anything they want and bring anything they want to prove superiority in the Federation's age of faction warfare. I'm not holding my breath that Commissioner Sergeant Slaughter will be able to control the other members of Disciples of the Apocalyspe, Los Boricuas, and Nation of Domination.
 Now they're calling the fight at Ground Zero between Brian Pillman and Goldust the Indecent Proposal match. Since there was nothing decent about the entire idea of bringing little Dakota into this in the first place, I'm not even going to justify that scenario with any comment at all.
 However, the match up between Goldust and Pillman has the potential to be a heck of a good fight on it's own merit. And the best part of Ground Zero might just be sitting back and watching The Undertaker make Shawn Michaels rest in pieces.
 Beating the Patriot, in Louisville, is a moment I've been looking forward to 'cause when I grind the red-white-and-blue mask he hides behind into the mat I'll be seeing the faces of all the American wrestling fans who turned on me.
 It's time I stop being so nice. I've proven over and over again that I am, without a doubt, the best there is the best there ever will be but the Americans just don't get it.
 So when I make an example out of the Patriot,I'll show the Americans what a real villain is!
 I wouldn't blame all my fans around the world if you look away during this match 'cause you'll see a very mean and nasty side of me that you've never seen before.
 Just keep remembering that in America, I have to fight fire with fire or we'll all get burned.

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